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ColdFusion Builder, based on the Eclipse workbench, is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. ColdFusion Builder Essential Training, with author Dan Short, is designed to teach both new and experienced ColdFusion developers how to configure servers and services, generate data-aware components, and create custom extensions. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you are coming CF Eclipse or any other Eclipse based IDE, you probably have a large number of projects that you have already set up and use every day. These projects can be imported directly into ColdFusion Builder in just a few easy steps. In the Navigator view, just right-click anywhere in the open area and choose Import. The Import dialog gives you a lot of options to import your projects. You can import a project directly from your hard drive, which we will do in just a moment, or you can even import a project directly from a Subversion repository. So, if you already have a repository set up, you can just checkout the project directly from Subversion, and it will go right into your Navigator view.
If you don't have any existing projects on your hard drive, just watch along with the video. If you do have some existing projects, you just need to browse to wherever you have your projects stored on your local hard drive. So, let's click Next to get started. Under Select Folder, click Browse and just locate the location of your existing projects. In my case, they are under my User folder, and in the Sites directory. And here you can see I have a number of projects in here. The first one is an old CF Eclipse site. The other two are existing ColdFusion Builder sites.
If I click on one of these sites, you can see the .project and .settings file and folder that I was talking about in the previous video, but let's back up. And I am going to choose my Sites folder, which contains all of my projects. I will click Choose and ColdFusion Builder will go through there and pick up all of the projects that it can find, but you will notice that it's only showing Site1 and Site2, my existing ColdFusion Builder projects. If I click Show All Projects, I can now see that CFEclipseSite. You will also notice at the bottom that the Add ColdFusion Nature to Non-ColdFusion Projects check box is now enabled.
Basically, what this does is converts your project to a ColdFusion Builder based project. For now, let's uncheck that box and I will show you how to do that manually inside the Navigator view in just a moment. Now that I have my three projects selected, I will just click Finish and all three projects are now showing in my Navigator view. You will notice that the CFEclipseSite is missing my ColdFusion Builder logo. What this means is that I won't have any ColdFusion Builder functionality for this particular site. So, in order to get that ColdFusion Builder functionality, I can right-click the project and choose Apply CF nature.
Once I click that, I now have my ColdFusion logo on top of the project folder, and I will be able to use all of the ColdFusion Builder functionality inside this site. Importing new projects and quickly adding the ColdFusion nature to them makes it easy to migrate all of your existing projects into ColdFusion Builder. In the rest of this chapter, we will talk about organizing your projects into working sets and managing a large number of projects inside your workspace.
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